Brexit: UK suggests ‘untested’ customs system with EU
The model, one of the two offered in a recently published document would mean no customs control on the borders between the UK and the European Union.
The UK’s alternative proposal – a more effective border control system – means “an increase in administration,” he admits.
A key EU figure said the idea of ”invisible boundaries” was a “fantasy”.
On Twitter, Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s negotiator, added that other issues need to be agreed before trade negotiations can begin – views exchanged by Michel Barnier, the leading negotiator in EU leader.
The UK has already said it would leave the Customs Union – duty free trade zone in the EU – then Brexit and companies have asked for clarification on what the substitution system will entail.
The UK proposals, which are detailed in what he calls a “future partnership document” also include the possibility of a “temporary customs union” after the UK left the EU in March 2019 avoid “precipice” For companies as they adapt to new arrangements.
Each country of the Union takes the same tariffs on imports from abroad.
For example, a tariff of 10% is imposed on certain vehicles imported from outside the customs union, while 7.5% is imposed on roasted coffee.
Other products like soap – or chalkboard – do not have the rates.
The departure of the EU customs union for the United Kingdom was confirmed at the weekend in a joint article Chancellor Philip Hammond and Liam Fox Secretary of Commerce.
Or without border?
According to the new document, the UK could ask Brussels to establish a “temporary customs union” after leaving the EU in March 2019.
However, during this period, it is also expected to negotiate its own international trade agreements – something it can not do as a member of the EU customs union.
Once this deadline expires, the UK will try to accept either a “highly aerodynamic” border with the EU, a new “partnership” without slippery customs.
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The “partnership” agreement would be an “innovative and untested approach” that will eliminate the need to carry out customs controls between the UK and the European Union.
This would be because the UK regime “precisely aligned” with the EU, for goods to be consumed in the EU.
However, the UK would continue to operate its own controls on products from outside the EU – and the government said that security measures would be needed to prevent products from entering the European Union which did not respect its rules.
Another scenario proposed by the government would mean that the UK will extend customs controls on EU arrivals – but as part of a “highly optimized agreement” to minimize disruptions at ports and airports.
He said he would try to make the existing customs control system “more efficient”, for example by using the technology of license plate recognition in ports, which could be related to customs declarations for this that carry the Vehicles, which means that vehicles should not be stopped and manually checked.